2015-16 Article and Interview Series

Spring Quarter 2016

The Subtle Surfaces of Wickedness: An Interview with David Shulman

Caitlin Moroney

Tuesday, May 31, 2016


On May 31st, Professor David Shulman delivered the third annual Vivekananda Lecture, entitled: "The Subtle Surfaces of Wickedness: From Nigamasarma to the Occupation of Palestine." His lecture focused on how the Indian idea of "wickedness" relates to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Before the event, Global Voices interviewer Caitlin Moroney spoke with Professor Shulman about his studies in South Indian religion and his experiences in the Palestinian territories. Read more.

Chicago Interfaith Gathering: A Discussion with Hind Makki and Juan Salgado

Maya Ruíz

Thursday, May 26, 2016

On May 26th, the Niagara Foundation hosted part of its annual Chicago Interfaith Gathering at the University of Chicago's International House. This event, entitled "2016 Presidential Election: The Effects of Political Rhetoric on Minority Communities," featured a panel discussion that focused on how this year's presidential campaign has affected American Muslims, Hispanics, African Americans, and other minority groups. Before the event, Global Voices interviewer Maya Ruíz spoke with two of the panelists about their experiences. Read more.

The End of Water as We Know It: An Interview with Dr. Seth Darling

Madeline McCann

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

On May 18th, Dr. Seth Darling, a scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, visited International House for the Argonne Outloud lecture series. Dr. Darling’s current research blends chemistry, physics, materials science, and nanoscience to create and study materials that produce clean energy and safe drinking water.  His May 18th lecture, entitled “The End of Water as We Know It,” focused on the end of easily available freshwater and how we can respond to this change. Before the event, Global Voices interviewer Madeline McCann sat down with Dr. Darling to discuss his research. Read more.

Johan Norberg on The Real Adam Smith

Caitlin Moroney and Patrick Reilly

Monday, May 16, 2016

On May 16th, Free to Choose Media hosted Swedish journalist Johan Norberg at International House for a screening of his new documentary The Real Adam Smith. Mr. Norberg, a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute and the European Centre for International Political Economy, has written fifteen books and produced several films exploring global capitalism. His latest documentary focuses on Adam Smith’s ideas and their continued relevance. Before the event, Global Voices interviewers Caitlin Moroney and Patrick Reilly spoke with Mr. Norberg about his career. Read more.

Dr. Alejandro Poiré at the Latin American Matters Policy Forum

Patrick Reilly

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

On May 5th, the Latin American Matters student association at the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy hosted its third annual Policy Forum, a day-long event featuring several experts on contemporary issues facing Latin America. After one of the panels, Global Voices Interviews Editor Patrick Reilly spoke with Dr. Alejandro Poiré, current dean of the prestigious Mexican university Tec de Monterrey, who served as Mexico’s secretary of the interior under President Felipe Calderón from 2010 to 2012. Patrick spoke with Dr. Poiré about his experiences with Mexico’s efforts to combat drug cartels and strengthen internal security. Read more.

"Get the Discussion Going Quickly": An Interview with Frank Bruni

Patrick Reilly

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

On May 4th, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni visited International House to discuss the 2016 presidential election. Mr. Bruni’s perspective on the rise of Donald Trump and the path to the White House is informed by a decades-long career in journalism. He has covered topics ranging from restaurant criticism to sex abuse in the Catholic Church, and has written a biweekly column in the New York Times since 2011. Before the event, Mr. Bruni sat down with Global Voices Interviews Editor Patrick Reilly to discuss his work in journalism and today's media landscape. Read more.

No Más Bebés

Maya Ruíz

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

On May 2, 2016, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán (MEChA) de UChicago and the International House Global Voices Lecture Series hosted a screening of No Más Bebés, a documentary on the coerced sterilizations of Mexican-origin women in the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in the 1960s and ’70s, and the Madrigal v. Quilligan lawsit they brought against county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government. Global Voices Metcalf Intern Maya Ruíz sat down with the film's producer, Virginia Espino, and one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, Consuelo Hermosillo, to learn more about their experiences. Read more

The Weight of Shadows: An Interview with José Orduña

Patrick Reilly

Thursday, April 28, 2016

On April 28th, Global Voices Interviews Editor Patrick Reilly spoke with José Orduña, who visited the University of Chicago’s International House to discuss his new memoir, The Weight of Shadows. Mr. Orduña was born in Córdoba, in the Mexican state of Veracruz, but was brought to Chicago by his parents as a baby. In his new memoir, Mr. Orduña discusses the challenges of growing up without legal status. Read more.

Kathleen Cleaver on Mass Incarceration and Sustaining Social Movements

Patrick Reilly

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Professor Kathleen Neal Cleaver became involved in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, when she dropped out of college to join the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and then the Black Panther Party. From 1967 to 1971, she served as the Black Panthers’ Communicating Secretary, becoming the first female member of its Central Committee. Since then, she has supported a variety of racial justice struggles, and now teaches on the faculty of Emory University School of Law. On April 21st, Professor Cleaver visited International House for a lecture celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago. Before the event, Global Voices Interview Editor Patrick Reilly spoke with Professor Cleaver about her perspective on current racial issues. Read more

Winter Quarter 2015

Waiting for Mother Russia: A Conversation with Wil Sands

Patrick Reilly

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

On February 10th, Global Voices Interview Editor Patrick Reilly spoke with photographer Wil Sands before he presented his recent photo exhibition, “Waiting for Mother Russia,” at the University of Chicago’s International House. In addition to covering the recent war in Ukraine, Mr. Sands has reported on a variety of social justice issues, including the prison abolition movement in Spain, the recent racial unrest in Baltimore, and, as the recipient of a 2012 grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, corruption and poverty in Equatorial Guinea. Read more.

Blood Oil: An Interview with Professor Leif Wenar

Isabel Bolo

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

On February 3, Global Voices Metcalf Fellow Isabel Bolo interviewed Professor Leif Wenar, Chair of Philosophy and Law at King’s College London. Professor Wenar visited the University of Chicago’s International House to discuss his new book Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules that Run the Road, in which he argues that the West has a moral responsibility to end its dependence on oil from authoritarian regimes. Read more.

A Giant Leap Towards Astronomical Discovery: A Conversation with Professor Wendy Freedman

Patrick Reilly

Monday, February 1st, 2016

On February 1st, 2016, Global Voices Interviews Editor Patrick Reilly recently spoke Wendy Freedman, Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago. In her three-decade career as an astronomer, Professor Freedman has been involved in a number of high-profile research projects. From 2003 to 2015, she chaired the board of the Giant Magellan Telescope, a next-generation observatory scheduled for completion in 2021. Professor Freedman came to International House to give her TED Talk about this project. Read more.

Ending Medical Reversal: A Conversation with Dr. Adam Cifu

Patrick Reilly

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

On January 26, 2016, Global Voices Interviews Editor Patrick Reilly spoke with Adam Cifu, a practicing physician and Professor at the University of Chicago Medical School, to discuss his new book Ending Medical Reversal: Improving Outcomes, Saving Lives. This book, which Cifu co-authored with Vinayak K. Prasad, discusses the problem of “medical reversal,” in which doctors prescribe medical treatments that are later found to be ineffective or even harmful. Noting that about 40 percent of medical procedures are eventually reversed, Cifu and Prasad propose reforms throughout the medical system that will encourage doctors to rely more on proven, evidence-based treatments and less on experimental ones. Read more.

India Awakes: A Conversation with Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, Consul-General of India

Patrick Reilly

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

On January 21st, International House hosted Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, Consul-General of India in Chicago, for a screening of the documentary India Awakes, and a reception sponsored by the University of Chicago's Diplomatic Encounters Series, the Indian Consulate, and the Global Voices Lecture Series. Before the event, Global Voices Interviews Editor Patrick Reilly spoke with Dr. Sayeed about India's current issues and his decades-long career in the Indian Foreign Service. Read more.

Autumn Quarter 2015

Save Our Sisters: Interviews with Zerlina Maxwell and Dr. Dawne Collier

Patrick Reilly

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

On November 17th, International House hosted a panel discussion about sexual violence in communities of color. This event, entitled “Save Our Sisters,” featured writer and political analyst Zerlina Maxwell, Ebony Senior Editor Jamilah Lemeiux, and OB-GYN Dr. Dawne Collier. Before the event, Global Voices Interview Editor Patrick Reilly spoke with Ms. Maxwell and Dr. Collier about their experiences and perspectives on this topic. Read more.

Merchants of Doubt: An Interview with former Congressman Bob Inglis

Patrick Reilly

Monday, November 16th, 2015

On November 16th, former congressman Bob Inglis (R-SC) visited International House for a screening of the documentary Merchants of Doubt, an event co-sponsored by the University of Chicago's Energy Policy Institute. After leaving Congress, Inglis founded the Energy and Enterprise Initiative, which engages conservatives on the issue of climate change. During the screening, Global Voices Metcalf Intern Patrick Reilly sat down with Inglis to talk about this work. Watch their discussion below, or read along here.

Their City and Ours: A Baffler Forum on Developmental Disorder

Patrick Reilly

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

On October 17th, the International House Global Voices Lecture Series, the Seminary Co-Op, and The Baffler co-sponsored a panel on Chicago politics entitled “Their City and Ours.” The four speakers included: acclaimed journalist and historian Rick Perlstein, AB’96; Jitu Brown, Education Organizer for the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization; Thomas Geoghegan, a partner at Despres, Schwartz, and Geoghegan, Ltd. who has been involved in several civil-rights issues; Chris Lehmann, Senior Editor at The Baffler. Before and after the event, Global Voices Metcalf Intern Patrick Reilly interviewed Perlstein and Brown about their experiences. Read the interview with Rick Perlstein and Jitu Brown.

International House Founder's Day Featuring Eddy Clearwater

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

On September 3rd, International House celebrated its 83rd birthday with a concert by Chicago Blues legend Eddy Clearwater, an international music icon who got his start here in Chicago.

Read the article about Eddy Clearwater and his performance here.

Learn more about the event's sponsor, Bart Lazar, AB'82, here.